Engineering Research

Engineering Subject Librarian: Rosie Le Faive, or 902-566-0533
Library Information Desk: in person, via the online AskUs chat tool,, 902-566-0696

Books | Articles and Proceedings | Standards | More


Reference Sources & Books:

Access Engineering - An online reference haven. Find handbooks, videos, interactive charts, and calculators, including hundreds of standard industry reference books. Arranged by topic, industry, or curriculum maps. To find books, browse or use the search tool on Access Engineering, or search our library catalogue. [more info]



CRCNetBase (EngNetBase) - Scientific and Engineering handbooks published by the CRC Press. Many of the "handbooks" here are very academic in nature. Note that the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is separate from this database. Find these titles by searching or browsing on the CRCNetBase site. [more info]

Research (Journal Articles, Proceedings, Standards):

Compendex (Engineering Village) - Ready to dive in to your research? Compendex is one of the broadest and most complete engineering literature databases available. Records are indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus, which means the subject terms ("controlled vocabulary") are highly specific and up-to-date. As this is an indexing database, you may need to use ILL to get the full text. Compendex is not indexed in OneSearch; you must search it directly. [more info]

INSPEC - This is a very inclusive database to find engineering, scientific, and technical literature. Focuses on journal articles and conference proceedings, but also includes books, dissertations, patents, and reports. As this is an indexing database (that covers many items we don't own), you may need to use ILL to get the full text. INSPEC is indexed in OneSearch. [more info]

IEEE Xplore Digital Library - Full-text IEEE and IET journals, conference proceedings, transactions, and magazines. Includes IEEE standards. Excellent source of in-depth engineering and computer science research. [more info]

ASME Digital Library - Full-text journals, conference proceedings, and eBooks published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. [more info]



Available Standards:

Standards collection ('permanent reserve') - Standards that we have purchased are available under Course Reserves > Faculty of Science > Engineering Standards

IEEE Xplore Digital Library - includes IEEE standards, and IEEE Standards Dictionary Online.

ANSI Incorporated by Reference - ANSI standards that have been incorporated into US Federal regulations are available for free (view only, plugin required) at

Search for standards:

TechStreet (Thomson Reuters) - search standards from many organizations.

IHS Global - search standards from many organizations.

If you need access to a specific standard, please contact the library


Films on Demand: Physical Sciences

Engineering Parts and Products

IQS Directory - search for products/services by category or company name. Includes information about manufacturing processes, videos, images, technical articles, and definitions of industry-specific terms. A good place to search for OEMs. 

Web Resources

NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods - to help scientists and engineers incorporate statistical methods in their work as efficiently as possible.

Search the library (non-subject-specific)

  • OneSearch as a single search option which searches  the Library's catalogue (includes books, musical scores, audio recordings, etc.), all EBSCOhost products, all of the full text journals licensed from Elsevier/ScienceDirect, JSTOR, Sage, Wiley, Springer, ACS, IOP, BioOne, and ProjectMuse, many of the specialty historical full text databases (Alexander Street Press), and millions of index-only article and book records from various sources.
  • If you don't find what you are looking for in OneSearch, then try searching for the item in a specific database or just the library catalogue. (From the Library's homepage, click on either Catalogue or Article Databases towards the top of the page.
  • Below is the library catalogue search box (books, e-books, videos, etc.)